The latest news and gossip from the R2 UK Builders!
The R2 Builders return to the excellent Sci-Fi Scarborough Annual Convention! The event was over the whole weekend (9th -10th April) at the World famous Spa Complex. This histrionic venue is truly beautiful with multiple halls and connecting corridors filled with stores and costume groups, guaranteed to please.
The Show is going from strength to strength each and the organizers (Stephen Dickinson and Andrew Harness) have already planned future events well into 2018 and we hope we be there for ever one!
R2-D2 and R2-X2 Enjoying the Sea Side
R2-M80 Getting involved in a Jedi duel!
The Main hall consisted of a stores and traders and the front of this hall is main stage with programmed events throughout the day. The connecting corridors are also lined with traders and Cosplay groups, including the UK R2 Builders.
Looking forward to next year already, see you there!
Another first event for the builders, this time an invite to attend the Scarborough Sci-Fi Convention, the event spanned over the entire weekend of the 14th and 15th of March.
The location was extraordinarily picturesque with it being nestled along the beautiful if rather chilly North Yorkshire coastline and overlooked by the equally impressive ruins of the 11th century Scarborough castle.
The event itself was held within The Spa complex on the Scarborough Seafront, an unusual shaped building, but as it turned out, perfect “droiding” territory with lots of slopes connecting the lower floor rooms and lifts for mounting top floor droid assaults.
Scarborough Sci-Fi was a very well thought out event with a wide range of traders and signers from all genres of the Sci-Fi world including some of the more rarely seen artists.
The upper floor held a real treat for Gerry Anderson fans with a large section of the floor being dedicated to all aspects of his TV shows ranging from the legendary Thunderbirds right through to the more obscure Space precinct.
The weekend was a great fun packed event with plenty to see and do, whether it be grabbing an autograph or two or just watching the plethora of cosplayers showing off their brilliant homemade costumes.
The UK R2D2 builders received a very warm welcome both by organisers and visitors alike and the club members were bombarded with questions and compliments in equal measure for the duration of the event with some of the smaller visitors being so fascinated by these little droids that they spent so much time asking “why?” and “how?” that I’m sure their parents must have missed great chunks of the event.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable event, the Artic temperatures were quickly forgotten with the warmth of the hospitality of the North Yorkshire people.
The Builders Club will always remember Scarborough Sci-Fi with great fondness and we look forward for next year!
Reported by: Colin Barker
Eight UK R2 builders crossed the Channel to meet up with their European counterparts and meet at the excellent Flanders Expo centre in Ghent, Belgium.
The Event was F.A.C.T.S 2014!
Thousands of visitors enjoyed seeing, chatting and having photos with the droids. A variety of droids were on display of different R-series and colours. Both days included the the now customary "Droid Parade" where we all drive around the venue en mass, so all can see and we get to show off a little!
See you again there next year and thanks for having us F.A.C.T.S!
Tongham Village Fete in support of the Rebel Legion and UKG. Costumed characters and R2 totalled 9 with a mix of Jedi, Scout Trooper, Vader, Captain Rex and Padme (A.O.T.C costume).
A good turnout of the local community with an estimated 1500-2000 people over the course of the afternoon. Great feedback from the public for the team that turned out and lots of interest in R2, with the usual build questions, photo op's and potentially a few new builders join the group!
he UK R2 Builders attended the National Space Center which held a convention to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of Return of the Jedi!
The listed events were (besides us of course!) The Reunion of Ewoks!! The actors, Brian Wheeler, Alan Bennett, Sarah Bennett, Katy Purvis, Kiran Shah, Danny Blackner and Peter Burroughs were all there, as well as the man whose reputation is bigger than an Exogorths stomach, Warwick Davis!
This was the second time UK R2 Builders have met Warwick, UK Builder, James Short " I can honestly say, I've gone from being a fan of his work to a fan of him. He is one of the hardest working and dedicated people I've ever met, so down to earth and willing to talk to fans".
Warwick chatted to the group for about half an hour after the show just to ask us about out droids! He was a big fan of them!
Warwick was more than happy allowing us to take some photos of him with the droids and the group
The UK R2 Builders were asked to give a talk and we were happy to oblige! Both Brad and James presented on stage to the crowds.
We kept it to who we are, what an astromech is and the basics of building one and where to find out more information. We we got a lot of good feedback for it and hope to be asked again!
We were lucky enough to bump into Peter Brebner. He's a costumer in the UK with a great Threepio costume, so we were able to set up some photo ops for everyone that went down a treat :)
Again, we couldn't resist a nice photo with our droids and us too ;)
We would like to give out a big THANK YOU to all of the UK Garrison - you guys are all great and have a wonderful community. Also to Malika at the NSC for organizing the event and make us so welcome.
Thanks to all of the actors that we met during the weekend, it was great to meet you all and share your stories.
We can't wait for next time!
Reported by J.Short
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11 Members made the journey to The Hungry Horse - Cotton Wheel pub located in Aylesbury.
Thanks to Stu who acted as chairman and prepared the agenda for the meeting, some of us actually read this one! ;)